Would you know how to help someone near you having a seizure? One in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime, so it's important to know the signs and how to respond. Here are quick tips for what you should and shouldn't do to help someone.


  • Stay calm.
  • Time the seizure. It becomes extremely dangerous when it lasts longer than 5 minutes. Call 9-1-1 if it does.
  • Keep them safe and away from sharp objects, stairs or furniture. Ease them to the floor.
  • Turn them on their side to help them breathe and keep their airway clear.
  • Put something soft and flat under their head.
  • Remove eyeglasses and loosen anything around the neck.


  • Restrain them. Do not try to stop their movements.
  • Give them food or drink until they are alert.
  • Put anything in their mouth.
  • Put your fingers in their mouth.

Fat Substitutes: Could They Be Leading to Your Weight Gain?

They're hiding in everything from low-fat cottage cheese to protein shakes.

Fat substitutes are compounds that resemble the chemical and physical properties of certain fats and oils and are often used to replace conventional fats (butter, oil) in baking and frying. They can help bring calorie counts down.

But fat substitutes are almost like secret ingredients that hide in plain sight, says Mark Schatzker, author of the upcoming book "The End of Craving: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of Eating Well."

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